Freaky Friday meets Downton Abbey in this middle grade
mystery that features a modern day twelve-year-old switching bodies with
a Gilded Age heiress in order to solve a famous art heist.
Jordan lives in a museum…well, sort of. She is the daughter of the
caretaker for mansion-turned-museum The Elms in Newport, Rhode Island.
Hannah’s captivated by stories of The Elms’s original occupants,
especially Maggie Dunlap, the tween heiress subject of a painting that
went missing during a legendary art heist in 1905.
But when a
mysterious mirror allows Hannah and Maggie to switch places in time,
suddenly Hannah is racing to stop the heist from happening, while Maggie
gets an introduction to iPhones, soccer (which girls can play!), and
freedoms like exploring without supervision. Not to mention the best
invention of all: sweatpants (so long, corsets!).
As the hours
tick off to the art heist, something’s not adding up. Can the girls work
together against time—and across it—to set things right? Or will their
temporary swap become a permanent trade?
delightful time traveling historical, with two very different girls
swapping places...and racing to unravel a mystery, so they can make it
home! - Suzanne Warr
time-travel story, reminiscent of Freaky Friday. Written from the
perspective of Maggie, who spends her summers at The Elms, a Newport
mansion during the Gilded Age, and Hannah, who lives at The Elms in the
present-day with her caretaker father. The girls travel through time and
work to solve a decades-old mystery of a missing portrait, while also
experiencing and adjusting to a time/life so different from each of her
own. I enjoyed the back matter, which includes information about the
parts of the story that are fact, Newport mansions and tours, and info
about other “girl-power” books and resources. - Kristen Picone